ichinoue

Anonymous asked:

are you kidding me? holy hell we get FIVE WHOLE PAGES of ichigo blushing his face off because of orihime and people are STILL in denial about it?? i mean come on if we're just talking sexual attraction here, Orihime's beauty has been commented on the most. is it REALLY that hard to believe that ichigo could be attracted to her? seriously?

ichinoue answered:

Apparently so, I’m afraid. Like I’ve said before, the argument that Ichigo thinks of Orihime as a little sister type instead of someone he finds attractive is an argument anti-IH’s have clung to for years and years. I can’t tell you how many countless times I’ve seen the whole ‘he’s never blushed because of Orihime! he sees her as a child like Nel!’ be pushed. Then, we get an entire chapter dedicated to bulldozing that argument into the ground and yet people are still in denial. I also don’t see why some people consider the idea of Ichigo being attracted to Orihime so unheard of and preposterous. But then again, if you’ve been convincing yourself of the exact opposite for such a long time, the ‘denial,’ part actually makes sense.

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bigballabliss asked:

I saw earlier that one theory may be that ichigo and orihime may have actually advanced then we have known due to the 17 month interval that kubo skipped. It also suggested that they are already dating what would you say on that?

ichinoue answered:

Their relationship definitely developed during the time-skip in a lot of important ways, which were clearly established in the Fullbring arc, but it seems very unlikely that they would already be dating. With Urahara teasing Ichigo about Orihime and Yoruichi encouraging him to flirt with her and saying that he’s a coward for not being honest about what he thinks of her, I think there’s a pretty solid implication there: he has feelings for her that other highly intuitive characters have picked up on, but is too afraid to admit to them just yet. If they get together, it probably won’t happen until the end of the series when the war is resolved. But in the meantime, Kubo made sure to provide an obvious set-up chapter for IH before they even left for RR together, and that could easily result in even more hints/moments while they’re there. And now we wait :-)